Summer Art Workshops

36th Annual Summer Visiting Artist Workshops in 2020!

What’SNU? We are! It’s our 50th anniversary, and we are now officially Sierra Nevada University!

We have another great summer of fantastic workshops for 2020! Registration is available now. Some workshops are more than half full already, so register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

You can take a workshop anywhere, but it won’t be as gorgeous as Tahoe! We’re within walking distance of the north shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Come join us this summer for an intensive study of art in a variety of mediums.  Open to the public, 16 and up. Tap into your creativity at the lake!


Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Located at the Holman Arts and Media Center – 1008 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451

Rob and Robin Holman will forever be remembered by all who enjoy the facility that they generously donated. They are deeply missed!


Register for ALL the ceramic workshops! Click here for info!

Register Here
(Registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before online registrations get processed. Early registration is highly recommended.)

2020 Workshop Schedule


Tuition and lab fee $569
Doug Peltzman Making Pots: Work>Play>Repeat June 15th – 19th
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Fast Fire “Pottree”: Alternative Firing Methods June 22nd – 26th
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Functionally Divergent: A Tale of Two Potters June 29th – July 3rd
Josh DeWeese The Art of Pottery: Finding Your Own Voice July 13th – 17th
Steve Loucks Develop Your Own Glazes July 20th – 24th
Lisa Clague Figuratively Speaking July 27th –  31st

Ceramics Weekend:

Tuition and lab fee $249
Scott Parady Contemplative Teapots July 25th & 26th

* Travel Course: Japan

($569 deposit required)
Sheri Leigh O’Connor Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing in Japan May 25th – June 8th


Tuition and lab fee $569
Aimee Littlewood Allen Noble Sheets: Blue Topographies in Surface Design June 15th – 19th


Tuition and lab fee $569
Jerry Dodrill Contemporary Tahoe Digital Photography June 22nd – 26th


Tuition and lab fee $569
Sean Starwars Woodcut Wonder June 29th – July 3rd


Tuition and lab fee $569
Phyllis Shafer Plein Air Landscape Painting in Tahoe July 13th – 17th

Digital Art/Sculpture:

Tuition and lab fee $569
Tim Guthrie Making Art with Lasers July 20th – 24th


Tuition and lab fee $569
Erin Sweeney Book Arts July 20th – 24th

Screen Printing Weekend:

Tuition and lab fee $249
Mary Kenny DIY Screen Printing July 25th & 26th


Tuition and lab fee $569
Bryan Yerian Uncanny Aluminum Casting July 27th –  31st

Register Here

Registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before online registrations get processed. Early registration is highly recommended.

*Info and waitlist: Contact Sheri Leigh O’Connor 775.881.7588 – 

Summer Art Workshops at SNU Tahoe

General Information on Summer Workshops

Lake Tahoe and the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains truly inspire the artist in us all. SNU offers a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, photographers, papermakers, jewelers, and more. Learn new techniques and expand your knowledge in the medium.

On Tuesday night at 7pm each week during the workshops, we’ll host our “Meet the Artist” lecture in the Prim Library, which will be immediately followed by an informal reception in the Tahoe Gallery. It’s free and open to the public. There are many activities in the area to enjoy while you’re here, including swimming, boating, golfing and hiking to mention a few.

Workshop students, aged 16 and up, can take workshops for personal enrichment or college credit. All are welcome! Tuition includes some materials, possible kiln firings, equipment rental, etc. Spouses, parents, children and friends are welcome to visit the studios before and after classes and attend “Meet the Artist” on Tuesday nights, but may not accompany the participant at the workshop.

Upon paid registration, students will receive an information packet by email with maps and directions to the college, class location, what to bring to the workshop, and other pertinent information, as well as Tahoe visitor’s info. Full refund is available for withdrawing up to four weeks before course start date (with the exception of the Japan course which is 60 days).  Attendee must petition, and have petition approved after the four week deadline for a refund.

Class Information:

Week-Long Classes
  • Class Schedule: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $569 – includes some materials*
  • Credit Tuition: $804 for 1.5 college credits or 1.5 teacher recertification credits
Weekend Classes
  • Class Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $249 – includes some materials*
  • Credit Tuition: $484 for .5 college credits, .5 teacher recertification credits

Japan Travel Course – May/June:

  • Credit Available: 3 college credits, 3 teacher recertification credits, or non-credit
  • Credit or Non-Credit Tuition: $3,900 – Includes all accommodations, activities, and select meals.
  • Payment Schedule: $569 deposit due upon registration. Full payment due, and non-refundable after 2/25/20. Registration is possible after 2/25/20 if space is available, but full payment is due at the time of registration.

* Participants will be asked to be some tools and materials (like paints, canvases, etc.). A “Tool List” and info packet will be emailed to you before the workshop.

Lunches are not included, but may be purchased at the SNU cafeteria during their open hours.

We’ll provide complimentary breakfast sweets, fruit, coffee and tea each morning at the workshops.

For more information

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Register Here
(Online registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before online registrations get processed)


SNU Housing

Some single and double rooms on campus may be available in the dorms, subject to availability. Each room has its own bathroom, and linens* are included. Weekly room cleaning and linen turnover are included with multi-week stays. There is no maid service and meals are not included. Additional nights may be available at an additional charge.

Contact Student Affairs at to find out about room availability. Please include the dates you need and your contact information in the email.

2020 Housing Prices
  • Single Weeklong $565. – 6 nights: Sunday night through Saturday morning
  • Double Weeklong $345. – 6 nights: Sunday night through Saturday morning
  • Single Weekend  $180. – 2 nights: Friday through Sunday morning
  • Double Weekend $110. – 2 nights: Friday through Sunday morning

* Includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one blanket, one pillow, one pillow case, one bath towel, one hand towel, one washcloth, toilet paper, mini soap, and free wifi. There is no ac, tv, or additional taxes or fees.

Incline Village

A wide variety of resort, hotel, and vacation rental options are available in the immediate area. The Parkside Inn is located directly across the street from the Holman Arts and Media Center Building. Ask for an SNU discount.

You can be here next summer, making art in this gorgeous area, Lake Tahoe! Photo: Steve Ellsworth